An Inglewood man has been found guilty of murdering a woman he briefly dated, then killing her dog and setting fire to her apartment in Pomona in 2019.
Chaumon Wayan Tyner, 53, was found guilty of one charge of first-degree murder using scissors as a murder weapon, cruelty to an animal and arson against an inhabited building, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Monday.
Ronnie Sue Wall, 58, was murdered on March 16, 2019. Authorities discovered her body two days later after LA County firefighters went to her Bonita Avenue home around 6 a.m. to investigate a fire alarm.
Inside, they found the remains of Wall along with her slain Yorkshire terrier, Bentley, prosecutors said.
Medical investigators found that Wall, who lived on the third floor of a gated community, had been stabbed and physically assaulted.
A fire started in the apartment, causing the alarm to go off.
Prosecutors said on Monday Tyner had a brief relationship with Wall.
He allegedly ransacked the apartment after killing her and the dog, then lit the fire and fled in her car, prosecutors said. The apartment’s sprinkler system extinguished the fire.
“The murder of an innocent victim is a senseless tragedy,” Dist said. atty. said George Gascon. “It leads to heartbreak and lasting pain for the victims’ friends, family and community. The actions of the defendant in this case were brutal and depraved.”
Tyner’s sentencing is set for October 27 in LA County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.